Manchester United tried desperately to replace Cristiano Ronaldo after he was sold to Real Madrid. However, a litter of no.7s graced Old Trafford, each seemingly worse off than his predecessor and disappointment always followed suit.
Be it the disgruntled single season of Angel Di Maria or the ongoing masterclass in disappointment that Alexis Sanchez’s tenure is bringing, post-Sir Alex Ferguson, the side’s marquee signings have been underwhelming, to say the least.
Of these, it was Memphis Depay that was most touted for long-term success. A promising academy graduate from PSV and with many years left under his playing career, the parallels between the Dutchman and Ronaldo were quite prominent. However, the rise to brilliance never arrived.
As of recent, however, the forward has been in spectacular form at Lyon, scoring 10 goals and assisting 15 more this season. This form inspired many Manchester United supporters to hope that their club would activate the buyback clause and attain Depay at Old Trafford yet again.
Now, an English side has shown interest in him, but it isn’t United.
Reports from French outlet Mercato 365 have suggested that Liverpool sent scouts to observe Depay during the high-profile clash between Lyon and Marseille. It is believed that Jurgen Klopp is taking an interest in the 25-year-old and is targeting him as a potential summer arrival. Klopp reportedly wants to give competition to the likes of Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino for attacking spots at Anfield and Depay fits the bill.
It will be a huge blow for Manchester United if Liverpool of all teams succeed in acquiring Depay. However, it is also believed that the player himself has no intention of moving back to Manchester after his first stint over there.
Further, the report also adds that in addition to Depay, Houssem Aouar and Tanguy Ndombele were also scouted by the Merseyside outfit.